Liverpool's latest plans for Anfield stadium are REJECTED in astonishing decision
Liverpool's bid to change the future uses of Anfield has been REJECTED.
The Reds had submitted two planning applications to the city council - to hold music concerts and other sporting events at the famous ground.
But after a tense meeting in the town hall chamber today, the council's planning committee surprisingly voted to reject the proposals for other major sporting events to be held at the ground.
And on a very unhappy day for the club, the committee deferred a proposal to hold around 10 music concerts at the stadium.
The club faced stiff opposition to its proposals in the Town Hall Chamber today - with a number of local councillors joining residents who live around the stadium in calling for the plan to be scrapped.
Local councillors including Ian Byrne, Adele Dowling and Billy Marrat all spoke against the proposal - arguing that they could blight residents lives with noise, parking and anti-social behaviour issues - when they already put up with a lot during the football season.
A number of residents also voiced their concerns, with Nicola Cotter stating that the matchday traffic and volume of people already affects her family.
She said: “End of May, mid August is the only respite we have, I don’t want that taken away from us.”
Another neighbour delivered an emotional statement, saying those living close to the stadium feel they have been 'left out of Liverpool's plans for more than a decade.'
Liverpool moved to reassure local people - with a club representative telling the meeting that they are aware of the concerns of residents and are working closely with the city council to make sure there is as little impact on those living around the stadium as possible.
But that wasn't enough to convince the committee, who decided that the plans to hold major sporting events, because they would have too adverse an impact on those living around Anfield - and rejected them.
The councillors backed a motion from new councillor Harry Doyle to reject the proposals for the other sporting events - which narrowly made it through by four votes to three.
One committee member Cllr Dave Cummings said he had been fully in favour of the plans, before hearing from the residents at the meeting.
He said it was clear that the club had not been responding properly to local people's concerns.
A future decision will be taken on the music concerts aspect of the proposals, but the club may not be confident of a good result following today's shock committee ruling.https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpools-latest-plans-anfield-stadium-15081352